The Gardens on El Paseo
73-545 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Emcee Carla Hall
Cookbook Author and Culinary Personality

Emcee Zac Young
Creator of The PieCaken and Pastry Director, Craveable Hospitality Group

Guest Chef Jamie Gwen
Certified Sommelier, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, and Cookbook Author

Guest Chef Afrim Pristine
Canada’s Premier Cheese Expert and Owner of Cheese Boutique, Toronto

Guest Chef Claudia Sandoval
MasterChef Season Six Winner and Cookbook Author

Guest Chef Curtis Stone
Gwen and Maude, Los Angeles, and Georgie, Dallas


Join in the fun at this annual James Beard four-course luncheon, as part of the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival presented by Agua Caliente Casinos. Our emcees Carla Hall and Zac Young will ensure a memorable experience, while guest chefs Jamie Gwen, Afrim Pristine, Claudia Sandoval, and Curtis Stone will present a tantalizing tasting menu. 

Carla Hall, Curtis Stone, Claudia Sandoval and Afrim Pristine will sign books immediately following the luncheon.

This Friends of James Beard Benefit supports the James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good initiatives, which provide critical resources to help independent restaurants build the capacity to come back stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient. 


Afrim Pristine 
Mediterranean Mozzarella di Bufala Salad
Allergens: Dairy and Gluten

Robert Mondavi Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2020 

Claudia Sandoval
Scallop–Pomegranate Aguachile
Allergens: Seafood

Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2018

Curtis Stone
Braised Beef Short Rib with Potato Foam, Spring Vegetables, and Morel Sauce
Allergens: Dairy

ZD Wines 50th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Jamie Gwen
Basque Burnt Cheesecake with Passion Fruit, Candied Pistachios, and Edible Flower Confetti
Allergens: Dairy and Gluten

Harvey & Harriet Red Blend San Luis Obispo 2019

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